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2016 Chicagoland Research Symposium

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging invites you to join the 2016 Chicagoland Research Symposium for researchers in the field of aging. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to network with other local researchers to exchange ideas, discuss current projects, and perhaps plant seeds for partnerships.

You’ll hear from leading researchers in the field of aging, and have a chance to browse poster presentations or present a poster on your own research.

This half-day symposium is open to all interested researchers, and there is no cost to attend. Preregistration is required.

Friday, September 30
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Gleacher Center (University of Chicago, downtown building)
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago

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Featured Presentations

“Social Aging for Life” presented by Louise Hawkley, PhD
Satisfying social relationships are important for health and well-being, yet social integration, engagement, and feelings of connectedness can be jeopardized in older age. What are the barriers to social well-being in later life, how have these obstacles been addressed, and what research is needed to help individuals and organizations better address the challenges of social aging and health?

Dr. Hawkley is a psychologist and senior research scientist with NORC at the University of Chicago. For the past two decades, she has studied the causes and consequences of loneliness and social isolation with a special interest in the health consequences of social isolation in older age. She is an internationally recognized expert on loneliness and has published more than 100 papers.

“Aging Is Our Future: Let’s Deal with It” presented by Phyllis Mitzen, AM, ACSW 
The US population is aging at an unprecedented rate. Our cultural norms and biases favor youth. At the community level, few cities and communities are addressing this reality in their policies and planning efforts. Planning for “them” (older adults) denies the fact that “they” are our future selves. Research is needed to identify policies and cultural attitudes that will enable communities to adapt and work well for all ages.

Phyllis Mitzen has devoted her 40+ year career to the development and reform of long-term care for older adults. She is a consultant and co-program director of the Center for Long-Term Care Reform at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group. She also coordinates the Older Adults Studies Concentration at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

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For additional information, contact Roscoe Nicholson at rnicholson@matherlifeways.com.

Researchers are encouraged to submit poster presentations for the symposium. A $250 prize will be awarded for the best entry. For more information, visit the online poster submissions site.